The Federal Maritime Commission is seeking views on whether Pacific Coast ports should continue to implement the 50-mile container-handling rules.
Last September, American Trucking Associations asked the commission to order carriers that serve West Coast ports to cease implementing the container rules designed to preserve longshore work on the docks.The organization argued that the agency had struck down similar rules applicable at East Coast ports because they violated the shipping laws.
The commission delayed action on the ATA petition pending a review of its 1987 ruling by a U.S. court of appeals and a decision on whether the Supreme Court would take up the case.
On Jan. 23, the Supreme Court refused to hear the case.
Accordingly, the commission said it will look into the ATA petition. To help provide a "thorough evaluation of the petition, the FMC asked for comments by March 17.